Make Me White
Date - 01/01/2011 | Days - Saturday
Time - GMT 09:30 | UAE 13:30
Director - Executive Producer: Bill Lyons
Actors - Presenter: Anita Rani
Skin lightening is big business. The market for cosmetics to lighten darker skin is now reported to be worth millions of pounds; Anita Rani is on a journey to find out why. Starting in her own family, with her mother’s preference for lighter skin, she explores the pressures within the Asian community that lead a growing number of people to want to “lighten up”. Illegal cosmetics are available under the counter in Asian and Afro-Caribbean shops up and down the UK. Many illegal creams contain banned chemicals which pose health risks and can cause irreversible damage. Anita goes undercover to see how readily available they are, and she meets one woman who regrets ever using them. She takes a hard look at the businesses that make money on the promise of lightening dark skin, and tackles the cosmetic distributors and lifestyle magazines that promote and advertise skin lightening products. Finally, Anita tests one of the legal leading brand skin lightening products for herself. Will it work?